Ötzi the Iceman
died around 3,300 B.C., yet his body was preserved frozen in the Alps until 1991. DNA sequencing
of Neandertals (who died out about 35,000 years ago) suggests modern humans with ancestry outside of Africa carry a few percent of Neandertal genes due to interbreeding. Now (in a blog post knocking down a re-interpretation of the Neandertal DNA evidence) paleontologist John Hawks previews an upcoming publication of his examining Ötzi's DNA:
If we took as a baseline that Europeans have an average of 3.5 percent Neandertal, Ötzi would have around 5.5 percent (again, the actual percentage would be highly model-dependent). He has substantially greater sharing with Neandertals than any other recent person we have ever examined.
, Previously (Neandertals)
posted by Schmucko
on Aug 18, 2012 -
David Cohn, AKA Serengeti
, has been described as "the quirkiest, deepest rapper", and "a writer who happens to rap". He has put out several albums but has encountered virtually no commercial success whatsoever, despite some raw works on the topics of absentee fathers
, and a fictitious UFC fighter
Chief among his creations is alter-ego Kenny Dennis, with origins in what has become his most famous track, "Dennehy
". Kenny is a Chicago sports superfan with a mustache "the size of Mike Ditka's forehead" who loves actor Brian Dennehy
, O'Douls, brats, and chops, 'sconsin, the Sears Tower, and his wife Jules
, and who passionately defends Steve Bartman
. [more inside]
posted by rollbiz
on Apr 11, 2012 -
also known as Birmingham Rollers are pigeons that are noted for their mid-air somersaults. These acrobatics also make the birds irresistible to hawks, falcons and other birds of prey, and some roller pigeon enthusiasts are fighting back. Investigators
are estimating that local enthusiast clubs are responsible for the deaths of 1000-2000 raptors in the Los Angeles area annually
. One man bragged about capturing 30 hawks in 45 days.
The National Birmingham Rollers Club has issued a press release
distancing themselves from the men under investigation but requests Fish and Wildlife Services to provide aid under laws protecting livestock predated by endangered species.
posted by hindmost
on Jul 15, 2007 -
The sport and hobby
, or hunting small game with raptors has been around since ~600 bce. What you might not have known is that there is a small industry to provide your hawk or falcon with a jaunty chapeau
, often necessary to keep the bird calm.
, and here
And then there's the crazy
. All you need... is five-hundred geepee...
posted by exlotuseater
on Jan 11, 2007 -
A live feed of 100% Naked Chicks at the MIT HawkCam. They preen, they sleep, and they watch you watching them. Now to settle in for a long afternoon waiting for Mom to show up.
posted by robocop is bleeding
on May 5, 2004 -